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Welcome to the Connecticut Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association

Welcome to the new website for the Connecticut Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association. Our mission is to "Ease the Burden, To Find A Cure" for the people with Parkinson's Disease and their caregivers in Connecticut. Our goal is to provide education, support and socialization. Along with educational information found on our website will hold many event, both educational and social during the year and we hope there is something for everyone.

Along with our new website we have new contact information!

Please feel free to call: 860.248.9200 with any questions that maybe of concern to you.

You may email us at:

American Parkinson Disease Association- Connecticut Chapter

Our mailing address is:

PO Box 718

Old Mystic, CT 06372


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2nd Annual Waterford Optimism Walk for Parkinson's Disease on July 18th!

The American Parkinson Disease Association Connecticut Chapter

Welcomes you to the 2nd Annual Waterford Optimism Walk for Parkinson's Disease

in Memory of Dr. Albert Weissman

Presenting Sponsor

Each year, the Connecticut Chapter of the APDA will hold this event to help raise money to support scientific research into the cause and cure of Parkinson's disease and to support families living with this disease. Whether you are able to join us, sponsor us, or support a beautiful event, we thank you for your participation. The event is a 1.5 Mile Walk, however walkers can walk any part of this or choose to enjoy the beautiful day and the many other activities.

Registration will begin at 10 am on Saturday, July 18th at Camp Harness, 301 Great Neck Rd in Waterford, CT. Come out for a fun-filled, family day and make a difference in the lives of those with Parkinson's disease! The day will include a Full Picnic, Children's Games, Raffles, and so much more!

Register NOW:

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Support Group Summer Schedule

Some of our support groups...have taken some time off for the summer. While others will continue through the summer.

Please call the support group leaders to confirm meeting times and places! That information can be found.....

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June 19th- International Festival of Arts & Ideas- Dance for PD!

In conjunction with the presentation of Mark Morris Dance Group's Acis and Galatea, the Festival will screen the award-winning documentary Capturing Grace and host a Dance for PD® master class for adults with Parkinson's Disease. 

10am DANCE FOR PD® Master Class for adults with Parkinson's Disease, their care partners, friends and families. Dancers, teachers and health professionals are welcome to attend. FREE reservation required—General public reservations start June 12. 

12:30pm Screening: Capturing Grace
Capturing Grace is an inside look at a unique dance program for adults with Parkinson's Disease, led by former Mark Morris Dance Company members. Filmed over the course of one year, David Iverson's remarkable documentary reveals the hopes, fears, and triumphs of this newly forged community as they work together to create a unique, life-changing performance. Discussion with filmmaker David Iverson, Dance for PD® program director David Leventhal , and Yale Neurologist Duarte Machado, MD to follow. For more information please click through to view the flyer.....

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June 21st - Branford Road Race Supports CT APDA!!

SUNDAY, JUNE 21, 2015 10:15 AM
The American Parkinson Disease Association Connecticut Chapter is pleased to announce that we have been selected as one of the primary charities for the 35th Annual Branford Road Race! This means that your donations to APDA made in conjunction with the Branford Road Race will promote awareness of Parkinson's disease in Connecticut, provide educational opportunities and support groups for members and raise funds for both patient care services and APDA funded national research. Please show your support for CT APDA and the Branford Road Race by running in their fabulous race, walking their fun walk or make a donation to CT APDA on line! For more information.....

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July 8th - CT APDA Chapter Board Meeting

The next meeting of the American Parkinson Disease Association Connecticut Chapter will be on on Wednesday, July 8th at 5:30 pm.  We meet at Atria Hamilton Heights in West Hartford the second Wednesday each month.  This meeting is open to the public and all are welcome.

Please call 860-248-9200 to let us know if you plan to attend, as the room can be changed to accommodate an increased attendance.


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UCONN Study seeks participants

You are invited to participate in a study on measurements of trunk posture in Parkinson's disease. Patients with Parkinson's disease often display a stooped posture which may impair their daily functions. To learn more about this study and how to participate please see the attached brochure.

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Donations of Goods and Services

The Connecticut Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association is a non-profit 503 (c).

Before you purchase a large item such as a walker or wheelchair please give us a call. We may have someone who is willing to donate such an item directly to you.

Call our office at 860-248-9200 and we will put you in touch with the families who are donating.

Contributions of goods and services are just as valuable as a monetary donation. They save on costs which allows the  APDA Connecticut Chapter to operate efficiently and use the maximum amount of funds toward our mission to "Ease the Burden, To Find a Cure". Please contact us if you would like more information about contributing goods and/or services to the CT Chapter APDA.  860-248-9200.

Items needed:  Office supplies (paper, envelopes, ink) and a  laptop computer.

For more information about items that are needed or available...

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Dance class for Parkinson's in Guilford

 VNA Community Healthcare Wellness Center hosts a dance class for Parkinson's disease at their offices at 753 Boston Post Road.  The class is held on Mondays 10:45 AM – 12:00.  There is no charge for the class as it is sponsored by Rehab Concepts.  To register for the class, please call (203) 458-4351

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It's Spring...Time to Dance! Dance for PD at three locations in CT!

Dance for PD is a wonderful program exploring movement and helping Parkinson's families connect with others in a creative and joyful experience.  Classes are held on Mondays from 1:30-2:45 pm at the Middletown Senior Center. On every other Tuesday from 1:30-2:45pm at the First Presbyterian Church, New Haven (call for date and time confirmation) and Wednesdays from 10:30 -11:45 am at Connecticut College, Crozier-Williams Building 2nd floor studio, New London, CT.  Classes are free to anyone with Parkinson's and his/her caregiver or partner. This program is sponsored by: Neighborhood Music School.  For more information....

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Current Research Opportunities

Many members of CT APDA have participated or are currently participating in research studies at varies sites. We will now maintain a list of ongoing research studies that are available for those who are interested. As researchers make us aware of new studies they will be added to our website. For additional information about participation.....

NEW! Parkinson's Cognition Study in New London!

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New Book-Making the Connection Between Brain and Behavior, Second Edition

Dr Joseph H. Friedman's new book is now available.

"Making the Connection Between Brain and Behavior, Second Edition"

The only complete and up-to-date book addressing the most common behavioral symptoms of Parkinson's Disease (PD), including depression, anxiety, hallucinations, disrupted sleep, and compulsive behavior. When people think about PD....

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New Book from the Caregiver Perspective by Martin Soloway

Martin Soloway graduated from the University of Connecticut in 1955 with a BS in pharmacy. He has had an extensive career in his chosen field. He owned several pharmacies, established a retail pharmacy in a community hospital, and was COO of the Connecticut branch of Omnicare, one of the largest long-term providers of pharmacy services to nursing homes in United States. He won a national writing contest and was on the cover of the trade journal Drug Topics. Marty has been married to his college sweetheart, Sondra, for fifty-eight years and has two children and four grandchildren. He has lived been in Orange, Connecticut, for fifty years. Marty now writes about Parkinson's disease both from professional and personal-caregiver perspective in his new book, The Bastard Disease. Follow Martin along his twenty plus years as a caregiver dealing with a loved ones health issues, doctors, medications and the ongoing frustrations that some caregivers face.  Click through to find a link to Amazon and preview Chapter One.   

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"Shake, Rattle & Roll With It: Living & Laughing with Parkinson's" by Vikki Clafin

Vikki chonicles her hilarious and ofter poignant journey, dealing with Parkinson's Disease with her usual irreverance and laughter. Whether she is chasing her Chihuahuha or learning to pole dance in her living room, Vikki will have you laughing and crying at the same time. Reviews include: "There is nothing funny about Parkinson's. Until there is. Vikki Claflin makes you laugh when you feel like crying. Shake, Rattle & Roll With It is a blueprint for getting through the often painful turns in life with grace, fortitude, and thank God, a wicked sense of humor." - Kathleen O'Donnell, author.

Vikki has been featured on many websites, Erma Bombecks's Writer's Workshop, The Huffington Post, Scary Mommy, Generation Fabulous to name just a few!

We will soon have a copy in our lending library or you can obtain a copy on

New Book on DBS!

In past years some of you may have met Dr Kelvin Chou as he lectured at Symposiums in New England. He left Rhode Island a few years ago but clearly has been very busy. He has published a complete guide to Deep Brain Stimulation Surgery. Co-Authors include: Dr Patag Patel and Susan Grube, RN

The official title is:Deep Brain Stimulation Surgery: A New Life for People with Parkinson's, Dystonia and Essential Tremor

Many people who have had DBS have given this book a great review and recommend it to those considering DBS for their Parkinson's.  To learn more....

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"Welcome to Our World" by Pamela Quinn

Please enjoy this  award winning video created by a dancer/teacher Pamela Quinn who has Parkinson's and teaches a class in Brooklyn. It's a wonderful film and our own dance instructor Rachel Balaban  thought you would be interested in seeing it.

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Living with Parkinson's Disease - Educational Video

It is with great pleasure that we can now bring you a wonderful video directed, filmed and edited by Evan Krueger. "Living with Parkinson's Disease" is a labor of love given  to the Parkinson's community by Evan, Dr Joseph Friedman, and Dr Janet Grace.  They were helped by many members of the Parkinson's community both medical professionals and patients alike.

To watch the 30 minute video clink on the link below:

Living with Parkinson's disease

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CT APDA has a Facebook Group

Yes!! Connecticut APDA has it's own group on Facebook. Use this social networking site to meet others in CT and across the country who have or care about someone with Parkinson's disease. To learn more...

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Follow CT APDA on Twitter

The APDA Connecticut Chapter is now on Twitter! Follow us @CTAPDA

We will use Twitter to promote our chapter, support groups, educational and social events to our community. 

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